Mar 24, 2007

Photo Hunt 3: Empty


This is a hallway of Caleruega Church in Tagaytay City. This church is famous for its serenity and nice landscape. Most dream weddings are held here. About two hours away from Manila, it's a frequent destination for Catholics and non-Catholics for some contemplation and sightseeing.

An empty bench. I can feel its emptiness. Taken from the balcony of my colleagues' house in Tagaytay. You can tell that I'm a frequent visitor of that city. :)


The clock just hit 12:00 midnight, March 24. It's supposed to be a 'world shutdown of computers day'. It's an experiment to see if we can do that and what will happen if we do that. I'm not 100% sure I can do that since mostly, it's only during weekends that I get to go online. But I have an appointment with my orthodontist-bestfriend in the morning and will have a tooth extraction. So I have to rest in the afternoon and will probably catch up on my movie backlogs.

So far from the survey in the site, "I can" is a lot, lot higher than "I cannot". Let's see what we will get from this experiment. :)

Friday's Feast No. 3

Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?

Larry King because he is credible. I can feel his sincerity whoever he is interviewing. Anderson Cooper for his intelligence. Rob Marciano simply because he looks good. Is Ryan Seacrest qualified here? :)

On the local scene, Angelo Castro looks dignified. I like his accent. But he seems detached with the news he is delivering. I don't think I really like any reporter or anchor from any networks here. Documentarists/magazine show hosts interest me more - Howie Severino, Abner Mercado and his partner during the first few years of The Correspondents whose name escapes me now, and Atom Araullo. Atom? Yes, the 5 and Up kid who is all grown up now. He's a good role model. The other guys, they are all passionate being broadcast journalists.

Okay, I'll stop. I overdid this. :)

Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.

Fish (tilapia), ground pork, shrimp.

If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?

Utopia maybe.

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?

Unread Books

Me, Talk Pretty One Day, I bought this a long time ago but have been bumped off by all the Murakami books I bought. Before Da Vinci Code, there's already Holy Blood, Holy Grail. My husband read this years ago, I haven't yet. The next five books are gifts from friends which I have browsed on but not actually read. Their time will come. :) From the line-up, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell will come first.

What's the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?

Aside from the face, it's the general personality - the way he speaks and how he carries himself.

Mar 21, 2007

My VisualDNA

Before anything else, congratulations to Hubby G! His email was chosen as "Letter of the Month" by the Top Gear guys. Haha! :) Big deal. But it was fun seeing his short and 'cute' note published in his favorite car magazine. And for that he got summer goodies - sunscreen, sunblock and dark tanning. Haha! But the better give away is the gift certificate worth P2,000 of gasoline from Total. That will save us a week's budget of gasoline. Good enough.


This is my VisualDNA. I got the link from Rach. I had a good time making my choices. *Though I meant kid as in my daughter instead of "kids" in one of the slides. Will edit as soon as. :)


Internet connection is acting up on me. I had my laptop configured yesterday in my school so I can have access to their wifi. I guess the librarian at the computer room did something I don't know (obviously) because at home now, I cannot connect I am connected through our router but I cannot browse. :( There are times I cannot work or post if it's not my laptop I am using. And then our DSL connection gets cut every 20 minutes or so. And Blogger is having some glitches. Hmmm. This means I better sleep before I get disconnected again. Sweet dreams! :)

Mar 17, 2007

Photo Hunt 2: Drink


The family that drinks together, stays together.
Drink fresh buko juice, Daddy.
Iced tea drink for the dear daughter.
And ripe mango juice for the Mommy.

This picture was taken at Leslie's in Tagaytay City, the home of great bulalo (bone marrow soup) and tawilis (freshwater sardine). The resto is open air and it is overlooking the scenic Taal Volcano. A quick drive if you want to have an eat out somewhere outside but near the metro.

Friday's Feast No. 2

Name two things that made you smile this week.

One, a very good career opportunity. Two, my professor's "street smart" approach to teaching. Let me make it three, my daughter's hugs and kisses.

Fill in the blank: Don't you hate it when ________?

When people save their own necks at the expense of others especially those who seem 'powerless'. Hmmmm.

When you can't go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullabyland?

Honestly, I love reading but one thing that makes me put to sleep is when I read while on our bed.

Main Course
What is something about which you've always wondered but have not yet found a good answer?

Is my best good enough to be a great mother to my daughter?

What is your favorite pasta dish?

Arabiatta! And of all the restos I tried, Figaro offers the best Arabiatta in my own
unbiased opinion.

Mar 11, 2007

Photo Hunt 1: Architecture


This is my first post for the Photo Hunt. The theme for this Saturday, March 10, is Architecture. The photos above were taken a few weeks back during a workgroup with my classmates. We met at my classmate's office in RCBC Plaza. I took part of Makati Central Business District's landscape while we were having a break.

City landscapes fascinates me sometimes. Offhand, they speak of progress, a fast paced life, a concrete jungle as they say. Oftentimes, for no specific reason, I just love looking at them especially the city lights at night.

Mar 10, 2007

Friday's Feast No.1

What is your usual bedtime? Do you like that, or would you rather it be different?

Around 11 pm to 12 midnight. I do a lot of things during the night. I check my daughter's school works, I watch tv, I read, I blog and surf the net, etcetera. Well, eleven in the evening is fine by me since I'm able to do the things I've mentioned before getting really sleepy.

When it comes to advice, do you give more or receive more?

I give more. I'm naturally interested with what one has to say. I guess they sense that in me. Most just tell their stories on and on and I find myself giving an advice or two.

Describe a memorable meal you've had.

One of the memorable meals I've had was when we had our breakfast in a hotel after spending New Year's eve (2005) on the 22nd floor. What a good morning, feeling so refreshed. It was, and still is, special because it gives me that great feeling of being so bonded with my family.

Main Course
Name a work of fiction that affected the way you think about something.

I have not just one but three works of fiction. One, a book, The Little Prince. I took to heart the quotable quotes that I am able to relate to in this book. Another book, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, if you want something so much, the universe will conspire for you to achieve it. The other one's a movie, one of my all time favorites, Cinema Paradiso. Reflections on one's young life, one's youth and adulthood.

What is your favorite type of fruit juice?

No, not avocado. Ripe mango juice! Quenches my thirst so easily. And I like the color, the presentation in a clear tall glass with a bended straw, and a tiny slice of ripe mango fruit on the side.

Mar 5, 2007

Along the Road

One Saturday afternoon I brought my daughter along with me going to Serendra to meet my groupmates in class. As always, we say a little prayer before we leave home. Hubby has his own business that day so it was a mother-daughter bonding along the road. We took a cab and everything was going smoothly except when we reached QC Circle or what you call the Elliptical Road. Anybody familiar with the area know that it's quite chaotic there. Vehicles going to the right are on the left side and the vehicles going left are on the right side. Just imagine how all sorts of vehicles criss-cross at any given time on any given day. But I can deal with those. I'm used to the scenario.

There was this truck carrying a container van which do not have any lock or support to make it stable. That's the first thing I check whenver I see one alongside our vehicle. More than buses and unruly motorists, I fear those huge container vans which seem to give in and collide with the nearest vehicle anytime that it hit any protrusion on the highway. When I saw it inching the cab's way, as in it nearly hit our cab, I sort of panicked and told the driver to just give in. Maybe I said it in a slightly raised voice. Who would calm me down but my dearest daughter.

"Mommy, it's okay. Nag-pray naman tayo eh." The only thing I was able to utter was "oh, yes". It struck me and at the same time I felt some shame on myself. Suffice it to say my daughter's words made a whole lot of sense. That's one of the reasons why we pray, to keep us from harm's way. And me of little faith didn't realize it, it wasn't my top of mind. Fear was on my mind. Sometimes we learn a lot from an innocent child - take to heart what we do and don't be consumed by worries and fears.
At least try not to be affected too much by unfounded worries. I'd do just that.